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How do you do, fellow kids? Have you heard of the hot, new social media app, Tiktok? It's all the rage right now, and it's where all the hepcats hang out!

In all seriousness, Tiktok is absolutely massive right now. I've been using the app for quite awhile, and it's been a constant source of funny videos. Tiktok's algorithm found out in no time flat that I love anything that would pop up in an episode of America's Funniest Videos, so my ForYou page is filled with people falling down and getting hurt. What can I say? I guess I'm just easy to please!

While work continues on revamping GoNintendo, I thought I'd take some time to do something creative. I figured this was the perfect excuse to open up a GoNintendo Tiktok account and make some fun stuff. I've been meaning to learn how to use DaVinci Resolve for editing, and making mobile vids seemed like a simple enough way to start out. It's been a fun learning process, and I've also really enjoyed spending time creating content again.

My plan is to do at least 3 videos a week on the GoNintendo Tiktok, and I'm testing out all sorts of different ideas. We'll see what sticks and what doesn't, and I'll evolve the content from there. Truth be told, I really thought this would be something fun to occupy my mind with as I work towards feeling normal again. Hopefully, whatever I end up putting on this Tiktok account tickles your fancy!

Also, don't worry...this Tiktok account is in no way taking away time from GoNintendo's revamp. I've actually had a lot of phone calls an discussions in the last week+ that have been super encouraging. Lots of plans, lots of notes, and lots of goals to strive for. I promise I'll give you more on that when I have something substantial to share. Until then, maybe I'll see you on Tiktok!

P.S. If you're not a fan of Tiktok and don't want to get the app/subscribe, no worries. You can always visit this link on any browser to see our latest Tiktoks. No app download necessary!

GoNintendo will be back in action sometime this year

I've never been one to bury the lead or tease things out, and I'm continuing that tradition today. Just like the title says, GoNintendo is going to make a return to daily updates sometime in 2021.

When in 2021 will we be back to usual? That's a question I can't answer yet, as there's a ton of stuff I have to do before we're ready to go. This isn't going to be a straightforward return to the old ways. My goal is to give GoNintendo the "Version 2.0" update that it has desperately needed for years now. Don't worry, as everything you love about old GN will very much be a part of the revamp. That said, if things go as I'm planning, there will be major changes to delivered content and the people putting it together.

One of my main goals for the revamp is a greatly expanded team. I'm going to be 40 in just over a year, and I can't keep cranking out content like I did for the last 18+ years. I need to give myself a regular schedule where I can walk away from the computer at a certain time of the day, while at the same time knowing someone more than capable is stepping in to take the next shift. I'm going to be casting a very wide net to see who wants to try things out going forward, and I'm hoping that includes some of the familiar faces that have worked on the site before. I haven't even reached out to those people yet, but if all goes well, we'll have a great mix of names your recognize alongside fresh-face newcomers.

Along with that comes a greater focus on Features. That won't be at the expense of news, mind you. Anyone on staff will be able to put together opinion pieces, reviews, previews, interviews, and more. That includes myself, as this new approach to work will give me more free time to create expanded content. The hope is that our team will have a reliable schedule of all this content going forward, and it will be showcased in a way that will be easy to find, while also being spotlighted. If people are going to work their butts off on these features, I want to make sure they get time to shine.

Obviously, the site itself will have to be reworked as well. I've always been hesitant to do a complete overhaul, but if there were ever a time to do that, it's certainly now. Again, I haven't reached out to the people behind-the-scenes to make this happen, but I'll certainly be turning to them first. If they're on-board with all the work ahead and minutiae, then we'll make it happen. Perhaps we'll even bring in some others to help out with that side of the site work. One way or another, we'll make sure that retooling happens. GoNintendo has long since needed a fresh coat of paint, and the only excuse for it not happening was me dragging my feet and getting caught up in the day-to-day news postings.

Lots and lots to do, and an end-goal of launching things before 2021 closes out. I wish I could give you a better answer as to when, but I really don't know. Truth be told, I've spent every day since my last post thinking about what my future looks like. There was a long time there where I thought I was officially done with GN, and I only just came to an final decision a couple days ago. I've been mulling over a ton of stuff, thinking about what life looks like from here on out, all while going to therapy and trying to find my new normal. While doing all that, there was one thing that kept bouncing around my brain. I couldn't stop thinking about you guys.

I can't express how much I've missed all of you. This community has meant so much to me over the years, and you've helped me reach heights and achieve things I never thought possible. So many amazing moments in my life are directly tied to your support. Memories I'll never, ever forget, people I've become close with, connections to my idols, and so much more. The last 5+ months ripped me from all of you, and the site in general. Having that connection severed impacted my life so much, and in ways I never would have considered. I honestly lost part of who I am, and I'm still feeling that now. Working on GN and creating content for you guys bled into so many other areas of my life. You're the connective tissue that holds everything together for me. Again, that connection was torn apart with an unforeseen event, but after a lot of soul searching and uncomfortable convos, I feel like it's time for me to repair that connection.

What's the site going to look like while I work towards the relaunch? My itch to write has been almost unbearable, so I might drop in from time to time with some features. Please don't expect any schedule for that content. It'll be when I have something to write about, and when the motivation hits me. My complete focus is on getting GN ready for its relaunch, so all the other stuff is superfluous right now. That said, you can expect posts on site progress, ideas for the relaunch, general status updates, requests for new staffers, and more. Long story short, the site's not going to be what it used to be during this rebuilding process, but it won't be completely dead either.

With all that said, the long road to getting GoNintendo in tip-top shape begins. There's sure to be bumps, struggles, and issues along the way, but I promise you it's happening. I'll give everything I have to make that a reality.

Thank you for your support through this entire mess, as it's the reason why I've arrived at this path forward. Your emails, texts, social media posts, and so much more...they all matter more than you could ever know. I understand there's frustration in not knowing what I've gone through, but you've also shown great respect and restraint in letting me heal. I don't know that I'll ever feel like I used to, but I definitely have a great passion inside to revive GoNintendo. It's taken a long time to figure out what I need to do, and now that I've arrived at that realization, I'm incredibly driven to tackle the work ahead.

2021 has been the worst year of my life, and has forever changed me as a person. It challenged me in ways I could have never predicted. I don't want that to be my story for this year. I want to make sure 2021 will end on a personal high point. To those who are still here and reading this, thank you for giving me the strength to push on. Here's to GN 2.0, gang!

P.S. ...and yes, the podcast is coming back!

An update on me and the future of GoNintendo

Hey, gang...I hope you're all doing well. It's obviously been quite some time since I up and vanished from the site, and I know you all have a ton of questions. I'm going to tell you everything I can, and also talk about the future of GoNintendo.

To kick things off, I want to say that the situation I was going through is officially over. It was something I never thought I would go through in a billion years, but here I am. I want to stress just as a I did last time, everyone is physically healthy and safe.

As for the situation itself, I honestly don't know that I'll ever feel comfortable talking about it in detail publicly. I know that's disappointing to hear, as I'm sure you guys/gals want to know every single bit of info. I do not blame you for wanting full details, and I know not getting them is frustrating beyond belief. All that said, here's what I'll share.

The situation hit me completely out of nowhere, and it removed me from everyone/everything I'm normally involved with. I don't want you guys to think I just up and left GoNintendo because I was tired of it. You know how important not just GoNintendo, but you guys are to me. This has been my baby for 17+ years and I've come to know and love so many of you. Trust me, it absolutely killed me to be yanked from my life's work and you wonderful people.

I also want to say once again that this took me away from ALL my usual interactions. We're not just talking about work. My friends and family have been in the dark just as long as you guys have, save for a VERY, VERY select few. I vanished from connections with them, and they've been wondering what's going on as well. It's been roughly 1 week since I've been able to come back to "normal" life, and I'm still working on filling in those personally close to me on what happened. It has been unimaginably rough, and quite honestly, I don't know that I'll ever get back mentally to who I was before this.

The matter removed me from every friendship, every work connection, and just about everything I did in my day-to-day life. I cannot stress enough how absolutely traumatic it has been, and continues to be. Even though everything is over and I can move on, I feel like an alien in my own body. Things that I did in life without giving a second thought now absolutely terrify me, and that goes for even the most simple of interactions. Getting the mail, answering a text, having conversations with people I've known all my life, and so on. I feel as though I'm watching myself from third person when I try to go through anything that was part of my usual routine. It's like some sort of out-of-body experience.

Again, I know it's supremely annoying not fully knowing what happened, but hopefully I've painted a picture that shows how horrible this all was, and how it's forever changed me in a very serious way. I'll no doubt be utilizing therapy for many, many years to come, and I have no idea if I'll ever feel like my old self. I hope this doesn't come across as overdramatic or woe-is-me, but I sincerely do not know if I'll ever be the same again. Just typing about it all makes me immeasurably uncomfortable. I spent those 2+ months sitting here worrying about everything, everyone, every thought, every noise, and so on. Even though I'm out from under the situation, nothing in life feels anywhere near normal right now.

Obviously, I'm sure many of you are wondering what this means for GoNintendo. Again, I know this isn't the answer you want to hear, but I really don't know what the future holds. To be 100% honest, I don't see myself getting back to a mental state where I can pick up work normally again. You guys know I worked on the site EVERY single day for the entirety of GoNintendo, so for me to say I don't see a path back mentally means a lot.

That said, I've had so many fantastic experiences through this site...there's honestly too many to count. From meeting my heroes, working with industry legends, covering the company I loved since I was a kid and so on, this has been a dream come true. Of course, the best part has been all of you people. Site readers, podcast listeners, social media followers, and so on. The amount of good to come from you and the site in general has been an incredible gift that gave just as much two months ago as it did on day one.

Unfortunately, I'm really not sure what to do from here on out with GoNintendo. It kills me to think about it ending, but I'm in no shape to push on. Just like many, many other normal things in my life right now, even contemplating diving back in makes me feel physically ill. I know it's trauma from what I went through and I need help to work through it, but as I said, that's going to take some serious time. Even just writing this post has proved extremely difficult. I've been having some horrendous nightmares about a billion things lately, including various GoNintendo stuff. It's all so, so incredibly difficult right now. I'm dedicated to getting better mentally, but I can't put a time on when I'll be in a better state, or how close to normal I'll ever be.

I have options for GoNintendo going forward, and those are things I need to think through. There are soooooooooo many work people I need to reach out to following this mess. Thinking of all the relationships that were severed makes me feel sick to my stomach. Again, I had zero idea any of this was going to happen, so the frustration those work people have felt is echoed by me as well. It's going to take quite some time for me to reach out to people individually and say the various things that need to be said. Trying to rebuild my life is an absolute nightmare that I know will be the toughest challenge I've ever had, and remedying old work connections is very much part of that. It all has to be done, but I have to make sure I do it with the help I need and the time it takes.

I can't say 100% that GoNintendo is dead, but unfortunately, it's not going to be up-and-running as usual anytime in the near future. I don't even know what "usual" would be at this point, as it might not include me. I really, honestly do not know what's ahead. I'll have to figure things out as I go along, and see what solutions and opportunities arise. There might be something that comes my way that makes GoNintendo close to what it used to be, but your guess is as good as mine as to what that would be. I have so much to sift through and put in order, and that very much means personal and work life together.

To be even more transparent, I have no idea what's going on in the world of Nintendo right now. I've picked up a few things here and there, but by and large, I'm completely in the dark. There's never been a time in my life where I'm so uninformed about Nintendo. The same goes for all my passions right now, to be honest. Gaming as a whole, comic books, pro wrestling, and so on. The situation I was in completely removed my interest and drive to learn about those hobbies. Only just now am I getting reconnected to some of those things, but interacting with them just doesn't feel right. Not to be depressing, but those things don't make me happy or engage me like they used to. I've recently played games with friends, but that was definitely fueled by the desire to hear their voices and get back to some level of normal with them. I've also tried playing solo games, but I end up getting extremely uncomfortable and lost in bad thoughts at the same time. Not a fun place to be at mentally at all.

So yeah, not exactly the uplifting and happy post I'm sure you guys were holding out for, and for that I'm truly sorry. Trust me, I wanted that more than anything. The best news I can share is what I stated at the beginning. The situation I endured is over, and all is 100% well. If I could snap my fingers and forget the last few months, then I could pick up work/personal life tomorrow and plow ahead just like any other day. I so desperately want that to be possible, but obviously it's not.

I do want to share a thank you with everyone who reads this post and has checked in on the site the last couple of months. As of roughly a week ago, I had others inform me of all the comments you've shared, discussions you've had elsewhere, social media campaigns you put together, and so on. I'm incredibly touched that you guys care that much about me and GoNintendo in general to do all that. I've always said that I'm just some random Nintendo fan that obsesses over all things Big N, and you guys have been wonderful enough to support me on my journey. To know that your appreciation and care for my work, as well as me in general, goes this far is the most humbling thing I've ever experienced. I've never understood why I've been so lucky to have so many incredible people at my virtual side, and this whole situation only furthers that. You've always been a part of my heart, and that is something I truly appreciate right now.

My apologies for hitting all of you with such a giant post. I hope it helps bring some closure to the situation, and helps ease your mind a bit. Moving forward, I promise to keep you updated on any future for GoNintendo, but I obviously don't know when that'll be. As I said, I have a lot to deal with right now in both personal and work situations. When I have news to share about GoNintendo, you can be sure I'll bring it to you first.

Finally, on a personal note, there's one more thing I want to share today. Do me a favor and spend some time doing something you love and spreading some joy. Play a game online with your friends, tell your family how much they mean to you, take a day trip for a bit of relaxation, and so on. Enjoy life, do what makes you smile, and make sure you try to bring those smiles to others as well. Nothing would make me happier than knowing you guys are loving life and doing well.

GoNintendo Thought: A thank-you to YOU!

Reader appreciation day!

Been awhile since I've done one of these posts, which means it's about time I got to one! Always important to share stuff like this. As always, thanks for reading.

Those who have been with GoNintendo for a long time know that I really value the community here. At least I hope they know that! I always make a point to put together something to show my appreciation for you guys and your support of the site. Sometimes that's a podcast discussion, a Facebook post, a Tweet, or so on. Today it's a good, old post right here on GoNintendo.com.

I've been running GoNintendo, in one form or another, for roughly 18 years now. That's nearly half of my life! I've been working away on this site to bring you the latest Nintendo news, videos, reviews, and more day in and day out. While it's certainly time-consuming, it's been an absolute honor and privilege as well. Without a doubt, I owe that honor and privilege to each and every one of you.

Some of you have been here since day one, and others just popped in a month or two again. No matter what the case is, I want to thank you for your support. Thank you for visiting the site, retweeting our stories, liking our posts on Facebook, supporting our Patreon, and so on. What I do every single day is only possible because of you guys. What I do for a living simply wouldn't be possible without you guys at my back. Somehow I managed to get lucky enough to fall in with you wonderful group of people, and you've been supporting me and what I do all along.

I want to stress that not a day goes by where I'm not appreciative of what I get to do for a living. I went from being a Nintendo fan as a kid to covering Nintendo as an adult. I get to follow Nintendo more closely than ever, work with them on projects, and bring you all sorts of info every single day. It's just as mind-boggling today as it was when I first started. I could have never dreamed anything like this would happen. As a matter of fact, I never did! I had a completely different plan for life in my mind, but GoNintendo swooped in and took things over.

I'll never be able to thank you enough for your support, kind words, patronage, and so on. I've never been able to fathom just how lucky I am. Every time I think about it, I start to tear up. You guys are deeply tied to almost everything I do in a day. From my work to my personal life, you guys have impacted it in some way. That's an unbelievable feeling to experience, and equally overwhelming in a million different wonderful ways. There aren't enough words to express just how much you guys mean to me.

I could ramble on forever, but I don't want to waste your time. Long story short, thank you for everything. Thank you for following me on this journey, and for making it possible. As long as you guys are still here, I'll keep pushing ahead, doing what I do. It's my pleasure to be here running GoNintendo, and I can only hope that our coverage puts a smile on your face like the one you all put on mine every single day.

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 780

The one where we talk about kombucha

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

We've got an extra chatty Josh in this episode! We've also got a ton of news to cover as well. It feels like an action-packed, topic-heavy episode this time around! I also end up sounding like an old man, so enjoy that!

Download Episode 780!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 738

The one where we talk about GoNintendo: The Movie

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

What goes on in this week's show? We talk about motion controls in games, how great Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is, what the best chips are, my horrible handwriting, and MUCH more!

Download Episode 738!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 735 live-stream recording

It's a three-person show this week, gang. We'd love to have you join us for even more company! We'll go live as close to 3:15 PM EDT as possible, and we certainly have plenty to talk about this week!

Join us in the GoNintendo Discord's Podcast Channel to chat live during the show!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 734

The one where there's too much to talk about!

Thanks to @KrazyKernal for the awesome artwork!

Man, was it a week packed of excitement for Nintendo fans! The Nintendo Direct brought a huge wave of things to discuss, and we rehash the greatest bits in this week's show. There's a lot to look forward to in the coming months!

Download Episode 734!

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 734 Live-Stream Recording

Getting a little bit of a late start on today's podcast, but you know we'd never miss a show! I'm running to set things up right now. We'll see you as close to 3:30 PM EDT as possible. Remember, hit up the Discord for live-chatting during the show (use the Podcast channel!)

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